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I've got winners!

…2 Amy’s coupon winners!

….and a delicious new recipe!

…and awesome patients!

Firstly, the winners of the Amy’s coupons are…

Audrey of Just Audrey



Congratulations to the winners! Please email me your mailing address so I can get those coupons out to you this weekend! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Last night, I tried a recipe that blogger Joanne of Eats Well with Others RAVED about!

Cheesy Zucchini, Red Pepper, and Barley Bake adapted from Joanne
Serves 6

2/3 cup barley
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp garlic salt
2 medium zucchini
3 red bell peppers
1 red chili pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 egg
1 lb 15 ounces part-skim ricotta
1/4 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese

Cook the barley according to directions.

Preheat the oven to 350. Wash the zucchini and cut it into thick slices. Cut these in half. Wash the peppers, core them, and cut them into small dice. Mince Dice the chili pepper.

Mix the ricotta with the egg. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the zucchini and peppers (red and chili) until soft. Add garlic salt along the way. Add the basil, oregano, and black pepper.

Mix together the barley, zucchini/pepper mix, and ricotta/egg mix. Spread into an 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the egg is set and cheese has melted. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut and eat.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 255 calories; 13.3 g. fat; 73 mg. cholesterol; 387 mg. sodium; 22.5 g. carbohydrate; 4.2 g.fiber; 16.7 g. protein

This recipe was wonderful — we will definitely be making this again! A great vegetarian entree OR side dish. And the portion size is plentiful!

On a completely unrelated note, yesterday was one of my most rewarding days yet as a dietitian. Two patients who I’ve been working VERY closely with to lower their blood sugars both had MASSIVE drops in their HbA1C’s (average blood sugars over 4-6 weeks). It was so exciting to see them feel empowered with their diet and lifestyle changes! 😀

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Question: Any fun weekend plans? Anyone else lucky enough to be off on Monday for President’s Day?

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  1. February 12, 2010 / 7:31 am

    Congrats on your patients’ successes! Having days like that makes being a RD totally worth it! You are so lucky you are off on Monday; I actually have to work through the weekend at the hospital and do not have a day off until Friday!

  2. February 12, 2010 / 8:25 am

    I love the idea of this barley bake. More fun than the traditional lasagna or ziti (though of course they have their place too!)

  3. February 12, 2010 / 9:04 am

    That’s very exciting about your patients. I hope that one day I go into a career that’s so rewarding. It makes life feel so great!

  4. February 12, 2010 / 9:23 am

    Wow – that is HUGE and so exciting! Congratulations….it must be such an amazing feeling to know you are having a positive effect on the health of others.

    Tonight I’m going to see “Valentine’s Day” with a bunch of girlfriends. So cheesy, but I love cheesy! I wish I was off work on Monday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. February 12, 2010 / 10:09 am

    Congrats to the winners! The zucchini & barley bake looks so yummy!

  6. February 12, 2010 / 10:14 am

    Sounds delicious! I love zucchini!! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day on Sunday!

    Jen ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. February 12, 2010 / 10:27 am

    congraz to all the winners…vegetable bake looks very delicious and a nice recipe too

  8. February 12, 2010 / 10:30 am

    Its always so rewarding to see the success of your patients!

    Have a great weekend Nicole!

  9. February 12, 2010 / 10:55 am

    Hard work and passion pays off!! So happy for you and your patients!! ๐Ÿ™‚ That barley bake looks great!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a lovely weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. February 12, 2010 / 11:12 am

    The zucchini dish looks tempting. I’ve saved it to my bookmarks.

  11. February 12, 2010 / 12:58 pm

    congrats to the winners!
    those burgers look GREAT!

  12. February 12, 2010 / 1:26 pm

    OOO…That does look good.

    Congrats to the winners. Very Jealous ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. lessonstolearn
    February 12, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    That’s so great that your patients have found success! I’m sure that’s exactly why you got into the profession!

  14. February 12, 2010 / 4:15 pm

    It’s “Family Day” up here on Monday. 3rd year for it. MY plans are poker,poker,poker and maybe poker. Tonight, tomorrow night and Monday afternoon for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. February 12, 2010 / 5:07 pm

    Congrats to the winners!!!!!

  16. February 12, 2010 / 5:44 pm

    I know having patients respond like that must be so rewarding! Congratulations on being such a wonderful, encouraging resource for them.

  17. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    February 12, 2010 / 6:46 pm

    how exciting about your patients, it must feel so good to know that you’ve made a HUGE difference in their lives!

  18. February 12, 2010 / 8:37 pm

    I love trying out new vegetarian recipes… That one sounds mighty yummy! That’s so exciting about your two clients. I’m sure that kind of stuff makes your job even more worth it when you can see those kind of results. I’m on the way up to Seattle to spend time with family and go snow shoeing tomorrow… Can’t wait!

  19. February 12, 2010 / 9:26 pm

    That dish sounds amazing! Well, for my lunches, no one else in my family would touch that with a 10-foot pole!

    I am lucky to have Monday off – just because I am taking the day off! My daughter is off of school and only has to work until 11:00 – so its sushi lunch and thrift stores for us on Monday – can’t wait!

  20. February 13, 2010 / 8:06 am

    This meal looks fantastic. And, the barley is wheat free, yeah! I haven’t tried cooking with barley yet, and I’m not sure why. I’m really into quinoa right now so I figure nothing is better. I have to branch out, and I will of course.

    I think my boss is giving me Monday off, but I’ not 100% sure I will actually take it off. I’m sort of behind, so maybe I’ll take a half day. I love to work, is that nerdy?? haha, maybe I’ll just watch the Olympics for half the day!

    Have a great weekend Nicole, and of course have a fantastic Valentine’s day.

  21. February 13, 2010 / 8:12 am

    OMG Cheesy Zucchini, Red Pepper, and Barley Bake sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to make it!

    Congrats to winners!

  22. February 13, 2010 / 8:40 am

    I’m doing a happy dance for your patients! You must be so happy. I can’t even imagine.

    Thanks for the shout out! I’m so glad you guys liked it…it always makes me sort-of anxious when other people try my recipes.

    Happy weekend chica! Hope you have a love-filled one ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Nicole
      February 13, 2010 / 10:44 am

      You’re funny! Don’t be anxious! It was delicious, promise! I will definitely be making it again and it re-warms so well in the oven!

      Happy V-day, Joanne ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. February 13, 2010 / 8:41 am

    Looks like such a unique dish–I never thought of using barley in a casserole–thanks for sharing! It sounds like your job just keeps getting more and more rewarding–that’s super!

  24. February 13, 2010 / 8:54 am

    Congrats on the awesome RDness!!!! LOVE when your patients see results! SOOO fulfilling! Happy Valentines ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. JW
    February 13, 2010 / 9:57 am

    Hey girl I emailed you yesterday. Hope you got it!

  26. February 13, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    Sadly I am not off for President’s day.

    Love that recipe – do you have any suggestions for veggies other than zucchini – my husband HATES zucchini (for some odd reason)…

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  28. June 13, 2011 / 7:19 am

    We would love if you submitted this barley bake to the side dish week of the Get Grillin’ event I am hosting now ๐Ÿ™‚

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